AccuWeather issued a statement saying it will respond to legal actions filed by United Stations Radio Network, but it won't discuss the matter publicly at this time. USRN is headed by Nicholas J. Verbitsky and chaired by Dick Clark.
"As a customer of USRN since 1998, we had hoped to settle this situation amicably, having recently met with USRN in an effort to do that," said President Joel Myers in the company's statement.
According to a timeline from AccuWeather, the company notified USRN in August that it would be ending its relationship with the network but is still running ads placed by USRN that are scheduled to run through Dec. 28, the date the original 1998 contract was scheduled to end.
"In light of the fact that AccuWeather has not yet filed an answer and counterclaims in response to the USRN lawsuit, Dr. Myers said it did not seem appropriate to publicly discuss the reasons for AccuWeather's decision to terminate the USRN relationship at this time," the company stated.
AccuWeather has entered a deal under which Westwood One will syndicate AccuWeather content exclusively to radio. That service begins Dec. 29.